Britani Griffin is a Major Gifts Officer for Cornell University. In this role, Britani works with Cornell’s philanthropic leaders on their support of scholarship, academic research and key University priorities. Prior to Cornell, Britani was a Development Director at the Be The Match Foundation/National Marrow Donor Program. A believer in lifelong learning, Britani is an Associate Instructor in Columbia’s School of Professional Studies. Britani previously worked at the Port Chester Carver Center and Columbia University’s Office of Alumni Affairs and Development.
Britani received her Bachelor of Arts in African American and African Studies from the University of Virginia. She also holds a Masters of Science in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University.
Susan currently works at the Fund for the City of New York, where she manages partner projects that aim to improve the lives of community members. She holds a B.A. in English from UCLA, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and a teaching credential in Secondary English Literature from the University of San Diego, and a doctorate in education from NYU Steinhardt’s School of Culture, Education, and Human Development in the Leadership and Innovation program. Her doctoral research focused on affecting sustainable and scalable change at educational institutions through the implementation of policies and programming that would further support the academic, social, and emotional development of adolescent girls of color.
Susan has served as a researcher and school administrator and has extensive experience in program design and development, particularly with programs aimed to maximize opportunities for underrepresented community members. In her experience as an educator, she prioritized a student-centered approach through culturally responsive pedagogy in order to better meet the needs of her individual students and their families. Her passion for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging coupled with her determination to provide equitable opportunities for youth has prompted Susan to identify barriers specifically for girls and build solution-based strategies grounded in research through her own non-profit organization, Advancing Girls.
We are so proud of our STEER Student Support Administrators Dejeana Peoples and Montserrat Cardenas as they support and empower our young women and girls!
Port Chester, NY -- On Saturday, July 31st, 2021, the STEER Alumni Association held their first in-person event at the Carver Center. The Alumni Association, led by alumni Rayder Sanchez and Nicole Barros, has a mission to create an alumni community where former student-athletes can connect and where alumni can connect with the program's current students and staff. The Association envisions creating a community where alumni can connect, provide feedback to current members, and better serve the community.
Students from Port Chester, Yonkers, and the Bronx gathered to reconnect with one another while being formally inducted into the Alumni Association. Recent graduates from the Class of 2021 Angel Leon, Raheim Bryant, Rayshawn Bryant, Daniela Blum, Jadin Pereyra, Camila Napoli, Kelly Barrera, were in attendance and able to meet with alumni who are already in college or have graduated college, such as Joseph Tapia (‘20), Ayenaliz Velasquez (‘19), Jordan Lewis (‘18), Kimberly Reyes (‘18), Nicole Barros (‘18), Montserrat Cardenas (‘16), Steven Hernandez (‘16), and Rayder Sanchez (‘16).
STEER staff and Alumni Association Administrators, Anthony Vaglica and Derek Vincent, facilitated an introduction of our alumni to alumni mentors who are individuals from the Port Chester community who are helping to give back by providing connections to internship opportunities, employment opportunities, and networking opportunities. Learn more about our Alumni Association at: https://www.steerforstudentathletes.org/our-alumni.html.
On June 17th, 2021, STEER had its 7th Annual Graduation Celebration, which included video messages from each of the 2021 STEER graduates. These STEER graduates will be attending the likes of College of Mount Saint Vincent, SUNY Albany, University of Pittsburgh, Syracuse University, St. John's University, Baruch College, Fordham University, Jacksonville University, Union College, Southern Connecticut State University, Mercy College, and many more! Though this celebration was held virtually, the student-athletes were able to celebrate their achievements with the entire STEER family.
Our graduates have worked tremendously hard to get to where they are today. That hard work paid off as each of our students graduated from high school and were accepted into college. Our students have had to overcome many obstacles due to the pandemic occurring at such a critical time in their high school journey. With that being said, these graduates have just begun new journeys beyond STEER and we are proud to share in their accomplishments. Below you will find a list of our graduating seniors and their plans for the future.
Rabel Badia, Port Chester High School, Westchester Community College
Kelly Barrera, Port Chester High School, Manhattanville College
Daniela Blum, Palisade Preparatory School, Mercy College
Raheim Bryant, Palisade Preparatory School, College of Mount Saint Vincent
Rayshawn Bryant, Palisade Preparatory School, College of Mount Saint Vincent
Takira Bryant, Palisade Preparatory School, SUNY Oswego
Nicholas Dorazio, Port Chester High School, Russell Sage College
Jalen Higgins, Palisade Preparatory School, College of Mount Saint Vincent
Steven Hightower, Port Chester High School, University of Pittsburgh
Rahsheek Hill, Port Chester High School, Syracuse University
Christian Jimenez, Palisade Preparatory School
Jakym Jordan, Port Chester High School, Alfred State College
Angel Leon, Careers in Sports High School, St. John’s University
Wilver Mariano-Peralta, Careers in Sports High School, Baruch College
Steven Marte, Port Chester High School, Westchester Community College
Jeral Mendoza, Careers in Sports High School, Bronx Community College
Amber Molina, Port Chester High School, Fordham University
Emily Morocho, Port Chester High School, St. Bonaventure University
Camila Napoli, Port Chester High School, Jacksonville University
Yenely Payano Lora, Careers in Sports High School, Union College
Jadin Pereyra, Palisade Preparatory School, SUNY Albany
Javier Rivera, Careers in Sports High School, John Jay College
Kayla Saavedra, Port Chester High School, Mercy College
Dan Santana Diaz, Palisade Preparatory School, Full Sail University
Justin Santillan, Trumbull High School, Southern Connecticut State University
Curtis Terry Jr., Palisade Preparatory School, Westchester Community College
Bryonna Truss, Palisade Preparatory School, Employment at NY Presbytarian
Jayson Vargas, Palisade Preparatory School, College of Mount Saint Vincent
Jaylene Zucco, Palisade Preparatory School, Pursuing Nail Technician Certification
Congratulations to STEER’s Class of 2021!
February 27, 2021 - Hosted at Port Chester High School, "Bootcamp Day" was an event run by the Port Chester STEER advisor team in an effort to increase in person advisor/mentee time. Bootcamp Day marks the first time the Port Chester advisor/student-athlete team has formally gathered since last March.
The morning's activities included a combination of a strength and conditioning workout led by Port Chester High School physical education teacher, Jonathan Plato, and teamwork reflection sessions led by youth development expert, Michael Arterberry. Arterberry has been working with all STEER student-athletes since Fall 2020, providing bimonhtly resiliency workshops via Zoom.
The student-athletes ended the day with a brief refection on their experience. Read some highlights and see pictures from the event below.
*All CDC guidelines including the proper usage of face coverings and social distancing protocol were followed throughout the entirety of this event.*
I learned that mind over matter is the key to being mentally strong."
Today, I learned how to work with people I have never worked with before.
The STEER Bootcamp made me remember my resolve to play college soccer in the future.